Unicaja comes strong to its Cup and Gran Canaria takes a beating in Palencia


Unicaja beat Monbus Obradoiro at home this Saturday by 78-90 in matchday 22 of the Endesa League, the last before the Copa del Rey week at the Martín Carpena, while Gran Canaria will arrive in Málaga after a corrective of last-place Zunder Palencia (82-54).

The current champion and host of the Cup that will be held from February 15 to 18 is the provisional leader with 18 wins, pending what Real Madrid does on Sunday. Ibon Navarro's men took a step forward in the second half at Fontes do Sar, where they scored 56 points.

Melvin Ejim, with 18 points (27 rating) was the best of the Malaga team, in the seventh consecutive defeat for the Galicians, pending a red zone where the bottom team continues to believe. Zunder Palencia struck down an unknown 'Granca' to celebrate their fourth victory of the season, two away from salvation.

The yellow team had a difficult day, going 3 of 28 in triples, while Palencia grew in the second and third quarters. Piñeiro led the locals with 17 points and a PIR of 24, devastating against one of the top seeds in the Cup.

On the other hand, Lenovo Tenerife will go to Malaga in good shape after achieving its fourth consecutive victory. The aurinegro team defeated Casademont Zaragoza (100-106) in an offensive performance by both teams. With 18 triples, a 64% success rate, the Canary Islands team won, with Bruno Fitipaldo on 26 points and a PIR of 27.

In addition, MoraBanc Andorra beat Bàsquet Girona (93-66) forcefully to equal the Catalans in eight wins and take a breather from below after three consecutive defeats. The duo formed by Tyson Pérez (17 points, 10 rebounds and 26 PIR) and Jean Montero (17 and 22) were decisive for the Andorrans.